Gor­don Wad­dell

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It was bed­lam in the Mother­well end.

Louis Moult had just pro­duced a mo­ment of magic to send the Steel­men into the League Cup Fi­nal and se­cure his place in Fir Park folk­lore.

There was an almighty burst of joy among the Well faith­ful as their star striker sent his sen­sa­tional chip over keeper Jak Al­nwick’s head and in to the Rangers net.

There was also an ex­plo­sion of pride.

Tucked in amongst the 8000 Mother­well fans were three men, each from a dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tion, and none from any­where near La­nark­shire, who were go­ing through an emo­tional over­load that will never be for­got­ten.

Moult’s brother Jake – who is a mid­fielder for non-league Al­trin­cham Town – was there, along with his dad Arthur and grand­fa­ther Harry Walk­let.

Watch­ing one of their own steal the show was a special mo­ment for a fam­ily who de­serve a day in the sun af­ter en­dur­ing some dark times.

Louis and Jake’s mum Vicky passed away a decade ago when the pair were just teenagers af­ter los­ing a long bat­tle with al­co­holism.

Life hadn’t ex­actly been easy up un­til that point ei­ther but the fam­ily stuck to­gether dur­ing the hard times and were go­ing to make sure they were side by side for one of the best.

Big brother Jake said: “What a day it was. I was up with my dad and my gran­dad, my mum’s dad. And we sat in with the Mother­well fans.

“Louis could have got us tick­ets in the main stand with the rest of the fam­i­lies, cor­po­rates and stuff but we said we’d rather be in the crowd. We wanted to ex­pe­ri­ence it prop­erly.

“And it was a great de­ci­sion. It was ab­so­lutely bounc­ing in there. We ab­so­lutely loved it.

“The Mother­well fans were singing his song and when his sec­ond goal went in it was in­cred­i­ble. There were lumps in the throat and a few tears in the eyes. To tell the truth, it was an emo­tional mo­ment.

“We’ve never re­ally been handed any­thing in life. We never had it easy. We al­ways had to work for ev­ery­thing.

“We came from a work­ing class back­ground and had to work for ev­ery­thing.

“Los­ing our mum was ob­vi­ously a tricky pe­riod for us as well.

“Look, it hap­pens in life. Every­one has things they need to deal with but for us that was some­thing we had to deal with.

“It’s how you come out the other side. Peo­ple might think you could go off the rails or some­thing but it was never re­ally an op­tion.

“Yeah, it was tough but you just get on with it. Things like that just make days like Ham­p­den all the more special.

“And we are both happy, we’ve both got young fam­i­lies, and, hope­fully, we are mak­ing mum proud.”

One thing’s for sure, the Moult fam­ily will be back in the Mother­well end for the fi­nal – and there will be a few more along for the ride.

Jake said: “There’s a ton of lads from around here who are go­ing up.

“There’s only two and a bit years be­tween us so we have the same group of friends and all go­ing to pile up.

“We’re top of our league at the mo­ment but it’s a long sea­son.

“It would be brilliant if we can go up and Louis can win the cup.

It would be amaz­ing for the fam­ily.”

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